Nerve and 1:54 movie review

In the past week, I injured my foot while doing sprints and working too much in a standup position which made it worst. I have to take some rest for a whole week minimum which makes my day boring. However, the activities that don’t require movement are movies and books. I decided to watch some movies and review them as well as books in my next post. 


1:54 – Yan England French movie (2016)

1:54, a social / psychological drama thriller, tells the story of Tim, a 16-year old timid yet brilliant student (played by Antoine Olivier Pilon), who has been suffering from bullying in school and seemingly non-stopping intimidation and menace for the last 5 years by some of his schoolmates and particularly at the hands of the arch-bully in his school Jeff Roy (played by Lou-Pascal Tremblay). Tim who lives with his father (played by David Boutin) after his mother’s early death, cannot confide in his own father despite the latter’s efforts to get to the bottom of what is ailing his son.

Tim’s situation becomes even more precarious in his grade 11 years, because of his continuing friendship with classmate Francis (played by Robert Naylor), a gay youth and Tim’s own sexuality issues and his increasing infatuation with Francis, although Tim is reluctant of going public about it. Tim is reluctant to go to the school authorities as he is “no snitch”, but finds solace in the friendship of Jennifer (played by Sophie Nélisse), a schoolmate who takes Tim’s case to heart. After a dramatic outing of Francis, and Tim’s erratic behavior distancing himself at least publicly from him for the fear of being exposed himself, Francis commits suicide despite Tim’s pleas.

Viewers gradually learn that Tim used to be a star runner but had stopped a couple of years back when his mother died. Mr. Sullivan (played by Patrice Godin), the coach of the school running team, is pushing hard to have Tim return to racing, and eventually, Tim decides to do just that — mainly because he sees it as his opportunity to get even with Jeff. His move to join “Les Coriaces” a sports club for the sole ambition of qualifying for the Nationals for the 800 m running event, the specialty of his tormentor and school star athlete Jeff. This is Tim’s way of getting even with Jeff for all the suffering Jeff has caused. The title 1:54 is the time Tim has to make running the 800 m to qualify to the Nationals for the distance

1:54 is a movie made by Yan England, a popular teen tv show actor in Quebec. He decides to put all the great young actors of Quebec youth in this movie that literally made cry all movie. Tim is a 16 years old boy who is hiding his homosexuality since the beginning of his high school journey with his boyfriend Francis. Jeff, one of his long time enemies, bullied them since the beginning with his other bully friends. Jennifer, a girl in the athletism team, tries to help Tim get over it. However, Francis had enough of all this bullying and said publicly that he was gay while Tim denied it because he did not want Jeff to bully him more.

One day, Francis threw himself down a bridge while saying “I love you Tim”. Tim could not stop thinking about him since his death, and what comes next is even worst than we ever thought.

This movie gave us a sense of what bullying really looks like. I’ve never seen portraying so harshly what victims felt like from getting bullied. All actors played their role incredibly well which make the message clear: We need to do something about bullying in schools. And if you are a victim, don’t be afraid to ask for help, to seek the police or even counselor at your school, YOU MATTER.



Nerve (2016) – Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

High school senior Venus “Vee” Delmonico longs to leave her home in Staten Island for college, but is afraid to tell her mother about being admitted to the California Institute of the Arts, as she is still grieving from the death of Vee’s brother. Her friend Sydney becomes popular in Nerve: an online reality game where people either enlist online as “players” or pay to watch as “watchers”. Players accept dares from watchers, receiving monetary rewards. Sydney and her other friends chastise Vee’s unadventurous nature. When Vee refuses to talk to her crush J.P., Sydney approaches J.P. herself and reveals that Vee is interested in him. J.P. rebuffs her, and Vee walks away embarrassed.

Furious, Vee signs up as a player on Nerve. The game collects her personal data and explains the three rules: all dares must be recorded on the player’s phone, earned money will be revoked if a player fails or “bails” a dare, and a player must not report the game to law enforcement. In addition, the top two most-watched players will compete in a highly sought-after final round. Her first dare is to kiss a stranger at a dinner for five seconds. Vee kisses Ian, who is reading Vee’s favorite book. He starts dancing around the dinner and sings to her on a dare, revealing that he’s another player. The watchers then dare Ian to take her into the New York City, believing they make a good couple.

In the city, Vee is dared to try on an expensive dress. Ian is also dared to try on formal attire. Vee and Ian find that their clothes have been stolen, and are dared by the watchers to leave the store in their underwear. They return to Ian’s motorbike, where they find a bag of clothes paid for by watchers. Vee is then dared to get a tattoo chosen by Ian, who draws out a tattoo and refuses to show Vee. When Vee becomes impatient, he distracts her with Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” on the radio, one of her brother’s favorite songs. Vee raps along with the song until the finished tattoo is revealed to be a lighthouse. Ian’s next dare is to ride his motorbike through the city blindfolded at 60 mph, using Vee to steer his body; once completed, the two kiss. Vee and Ian soon become among Nerves top players.

I did like that movie. It was fun, different, and also looked a bit like Hunger Games. It is not the replica of Hunger Games, but the concept is pretty much the same. I was really happy about the end of the movie which is what I expected and wanted while watching what this game was causing to other people. I recommend you to watch this movie 🙂 




Published by: almostapsychologygeek

I'm passionate about psychology and how our brain works when it comes to human behaviors. I love books about psychology, thriller, and suspense. I'm trilingual (French 1st language, English 2nd language, and Spanish 3rd language), I play hockey with John Abbott College Islanders Division 1 and aspired to be a psychologist one day :)! Futur Psychology Student at Concordia University 🧠👩🏻‍⚕️

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